Georganne "Jan" Brown Taylor, age 54, formerly of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, died Friday, March 2, 2018 in her adoptive home town of Johnson City, Tennessee. Jan was born June 12, 1963 to George C. Brown and Bertha Mae Cooksey Brown of Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Wayne Taylor, Jr., an Assistant United States Attorney of Johnson City, Tennessee; her twin brothers; State Representative, Larry D. Brown and Dr. Gary D. Brown of Prestonsburg; three nephews, Jordan Chase Brown, Andrew Tyler Brown and Garrett Woodson McGuire Brown; and one niece, Lindsey Michelle Brown.
"Jan" was preceded in death by her parents, George C. Brown, on May 4, 2000, and her mother Bertha Mae Brown, on July 27, 2001.
Jan was a 1981 graduate of Prestonsburg High School; a 1985 graduate of Transylvania University; and a 1989 graduate of The Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Jan was admitted to practice law in Kentucky before the Kentucky Supreme Court on May 11, 1990. She was also licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee being sworn in on October 24, 2008.
Professionally, Jan served as an Assistant Floyd County Attorney in Prestonsburg and as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for the First Commonwealth Bank of Prestonsburg. After moving to Johnson City, TN, Jan provided volunteer legal services for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of North East Tennessee, where in seven years and seven months of service she advocated for more than 25 children and made sure they were safe. She was also a member of PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization) which is a "sisterhood" of women professionals that help provide educational opportunities for other women.
Jan was a great lover of shelter animals, taking many into their home when she and Wayne lived on Cow Creek and Rice Branch in Floyd County, and in Johnson City, Tennessee. Over the last few years, Jan followed in her mother's footsteps and learned to fly. She loved the untethered freedom flying could offer. But more than anything else, Jan loved her family, friends, and living at the "farm" on Rice Branch. There was no place she would rather be.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to CASA of Northeast Tennessee in memory of Jan Taylor, PO Box 1021, Johnson City, TN 37605 or the Floyd County Animal Shelter, 545 Sally Stephens Branch, Prestonsburg, KY 41653.
Visitation will be Friday, March 9, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Arnold Avenue, Prestonsburg, KY from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m.
Floyd County Animal Shelter
545 Sally Stephens Branch, Prestonsburg KY 41653
CASA of Northeast Tennessee
PO Box 1021, Johnson City TN 37605